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Windows 7: Transparent Wallpaper

20 Oct 2010   #1
dimorphic

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Transparent Wallpaper

When using a solid desktop color on XP, I could place a .PNG with a transparent (invisible) background and it would work; this allowed me to change the desktop color without having to change the color of the image's background to match it.

This doesn't work for me currently; its showing the transparent layer as black.

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Can anyone confirm this as a limitation, or explain how to allow transparency?


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21 Oct 2010   #2
Ravanx

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

What are you saying or asking? I don't understand you at all. It's not coherent..
Can you rephrase your post in a coherent manner?

Edit after reading dimorphic and DirtyElf's posts:
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dimorphic View Post
When using a solid desktop color on XP, I could place a .PNG with a transparent (invisible) background and it would work; this allowed me to change the desktop color without having to change the color of the image's background to match it.

This doesn't work for me currently; its showing the transparent layer as black.

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Can anyone confirm this as a limitation, or explain how to allow transparency?
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dimorphic View Post
If you were able to help, it would be perfectly coherent.
Was that supposed to be a joke? I'm not laughing.
It would have been perfectly coherent if you had just typed:
I used a PNG image with a transparent (invisible) background as my desktop skin.
When I chose a solid colour for the desktop colour scheme in Windows XP, the colour of the originally transparent background of the PNG image automatically changed to the same colour as the solid colour chosen for the desktop colour scheme.
But this does not work in Windows 7.
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21 Oct 2010   #3
dimorphic

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

If you were able to help, it would be perfectly coherent.


(edit [in response to edited comment above]):
You weren't laughing because that was only the set-up for the joke.
I see you were able to rephrase the problem's description with roughly the same amount of words I used, after someone else had already done so. Meaning you can now read my original description and understand it, making it coherent.

You may now laugh.
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21 Oct 2010   #4
DirtyElf

Windows 7 64-bit Home
 
 

he is saying he would save a file of say a baseball, the circle of the baseball would be "cut out" and the rest of the square behind it would be transparent.. allowing whatever was behind it to show through.

he used that technique to set his desktop background as a static image and only change the color behind it.

now the 'transparent' area shows as black, therefore not allowing him to do this

i'll look when i get home to my computer and see if I can get this to work with win7, i have done the same with XP... have you tried view desktop as a webpage? i think that is how i did it with xp? (been a while)

welcome to the forums. he was only trying to help.. no harm in explaining in more detail, maybe even a picture?
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21 Oct 2010   #5
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu
 
 

I believe that the functionality in XP was provided by the Active Desktop (where a web page snippet could be placed on the desktop). This functionality is no longer available as it has been replaced by the desktop gadget engine
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23 Oct 2010   #6
dimorphic

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thank you.
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